Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Jutila Center to host SEEDesign Forum and Expo Sept. 15

HANCOCK -- The SEEDesign Forum and Expo, hosted by the Finlandia University Jutila Center, will take place from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 15 in the Jutila Center.

All activities take place in the Jutila Center Auditorium on the main level of the Jutila Center building. The event is free and open to the public, and attendees are welcome to come anytime.

The Forum and Expo showcases the considerable impact that creative disciplines have on the Copper Country and western Upper Peninsula region. The events share information and tools for business innovation and offer opportunities to network with area leaders in business, design and marketing.

From 11 a.m. until 3:30 p.m., a Speaker Forum will feature several lectures, each beginning at the top of the hour. The presenters include Matthew Monte, president of Monte Consulting, Houghton, and Katrina Aho, interior designer for Gartner's Gallery, Hancock.

At 2 p.m. Keynote Speaker Maureen Monte, leadership and strategy consultant for IBM, will present a talk titled, "Driving Creativity and Innovation in the Workplace through Strengths-based Leadership."

At 4 p.m. three design teams of professional designers and marketers, each team matched with a local business, will unveil their makeover concepts for that business; and the winner of this Business Makeover Challenge will be announced. The design teams will be on hand to answer questions.

From 3:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Expo portion of the event includes information booths from the area’s copy editors, web developers, architects, landscape designers, large format printers, graphic designers, videographers, and interior designers.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. the Keweenaw Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly Business After Hours event. Both Chamber members and non-members are welcome. Beer and wine will be served, along with hors d’oeuvres prepared by Kangas Café and Catering of Hancock.

The SEEDesign Forum and Expo is an initiative of the Finlandia University Jutila Center for Global Design and Business. Funding has been provided, in part, by the Finlandia University Campus Enrichment Committee, Thrivent Financial, and Monte Consulting. It is supported by the Copper Country Community Arts Council and is a program of the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.

For more information, visit or contact Fred Knoch at 487-7510.

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